During the City of Elsberry Board of Alderman meeting held Tuesday night, changes were made that will effect residents and their city utilities.

Elsberry City Hall

The first change was the approval to accept debit/credit cards for payments of city utilities.

Currently the City only allows payment via cash, check or money order. Tuesday night the Board approved the City Collector to add the ability to take payments with credit/debit cards. Residents will be able to pay with their card at City Hall or by phone. 

For this convenience there will be a three-percent service fee charge for anytime a payment is made using the card.

“If you still pay cash, check or money order then the bill will be what it says,” said Collector Rachel Reed. “If someone wants to use the card they will be charged three-percent of their bill.”

A second change will be moving the date meters are read and when bills are sent out.

Currently all meters are read by the 15th of each month with bills going out at the end of the month and the due date the following 15th.

Now the meters will be read on the last day of the month, with bills going out by the 5th of the month and the due date being the 21st of the month.

The plan is begin this in February of 2020.

“Currently the way it is done we are basically a month and a half behind,” said Reed. “This change will keep everything in the same month.”

The City also renewed their contract with Meridian Waste Management for trash and recycling.

In other business the Aldermen accepting the resignation of Police Chief Rob Marchbanks and also hired Officer Thomas Moore as a full-time officer as well as promoting Reserve Officer Mark Jack to a part-time officer.

The Board also adopted an ordinance for the upcoming municipal election to be held on April 7, 2020.

Alderman Ward I (Terrie Harper), Ward II (Matthew Hartley), Ward III (Teri Davis) and Mayor (Steve Wilch) will be voted for in the spring.

Filing dates will begin Dec. 17 and end Jan. 21, 2020 and can be done at Elsberry City Hall.

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